Care and Respect for Elders in Emergencies (CARE)
The Department of Emergency Medicine's Care and Respect for Elders with Emergencies (CARE) volunteer program is dedicated to enhancing the care for older patients visiting the Emergency Department. Volunteers strengthen the quality of patient care by providing bedside comfort, support, and helping to prevent avoidable complications, such as the onset of delirium. Volunteer interventions range from playing games; engaging in conversations; and offering reading glasses, hearing amplifiers, and stress balls. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who enjoys interacting with geriatric patients.
This volunteer position requires:
- Minimum age: 18
- Minimum hours: 100 hours over six months (four hours per week)
- Times to volunteer: Monday through Sunday: 9 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 5 pm, or 5 pm to 9 pm
The Hospital Delirium Program
The Hospital Delirium Program at Mount Sinai Hospital is looking for volunteers to join the team.
Delirium is a syndrome of global brain dysfunction associated with acute medical and surgical conditions, typically occurring in hospitalized geriatric patients. Delirium is associated with much higher death rates, falls, readmissions to the hospital, poor recovery from medical and surgical conditions and permanent brain damage. The treatment of delirium includes medical interventions as well as non- medical interventions including promoting cognitive stimulation, reorientation to the environment, and increased mobility. We are seeking volunteers to assist with the provision of these non-medical interventions in a team effort to treat active cases of delirium and prevent delirium in high risk cases. These interventions will have a tremendous positive impact on patient outcomes.
Volunteers will gain one on one patient experience in medical and surgical unit settings and have opportunities to interface with the interdisciplinary teams involved in the patient’s care. Orientation, ongoing supervision and education will be provided by two highly experienced clinicians.
Hospital Delirium Volunteer Requirements:
- Minimum age: 18
- Minimum hours: 100 hours over 6 months (4 consecutive hours per week)
- Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday (9 am -5 pm)
- Summer 2017: (15 hours a week for 8 weeks or 120 hours)
If you fulfill all the above requirements and are interested in applying to our Hospital Delirium Program, please feel free to write us at our email address and attach your resume email@example.com
For any further information please contact:
Joseph Friedman, M.D, Medical Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Director, Sapina Kirpalani, NP - email@example.com